George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Hollingsworth, 6 June 1790

From Henry Hollingsworth

Elkton [Md.] June 6th 1790

And please your Excellency

Encouraged by that well established Maxim that your Excellency does not forget or neglect to reward the Honest Labours of the Virtuous and Industrious, be their Situation and circumstances ever so remote. Strongly Impressed with these Ideas, and encouraged by that condescension which your Excellency has shewn on every occasion that has thrown me in your way, I am Imboldened to offer myself through our worthy Senators as a Candidate for the office of Commissioner for this State, I am the more Induced thereto from the supposition that as great a number of the debts of the United States (in this State) were created by and through me as any other person (for which Certificates were given) and hope I dont flatter myself too much when I conceive that if appointed I could be of some use in giving a Sanction to and Establishing the Loan in this State (being one among the Creditors) should your Excellency think me worthy of such appointment it will confer still higher obligations on—Your Excellencys much obliged & Most obedient Humble Servt

H. Hollingsworth


Henry Hollingsworth (1737–1803) was a merchant, millowner, and manufacturer of gun barrels and bayonets in Cecil County, Maryland. He served as a militia officer in the Revolution and was a member of the lower house of the Maryland legislature from 1789 to 1794 and the upper house from 1801 to 1803. He served as a delegate to the Maryland convention that ratified the federal Constitution in 1788 (Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, description begins Edward C. Papenfuse et al., eds. A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635–1789. 2 vols. Baltimore, 1979–85. description ends 447–48). He received no appointment from GW.

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